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[Neuroscience] Re: How many neurons are used?

chadmaester chad.d.johnson at gmail.com
Sat Jun 17 11:02:31 EST 2006


> What you ask cannot be answered because we do not understand the steps
> used to process sounds into words into meanings and, especially, to
> associate one idea of something related.

Fair enough. Hopefully someday we will.

> However we do know that what you describe involves many large regions
> of the brain so that certainly many millions of cells would be
> involved.

And some people I talk to really think thought is all done by a
"spirit." Geesh! Don't think so.

r norman wrote:
> On 16 Jun 2006 23:11:06 -0700, "chadmaester"
> <chad.d.johnson at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> >How many neurons, on average, are used to make sense of a commonly-used
> >(i.e., well-understood) word, just in a normal conversation, and
> >without regard to visual or auditory processing? For instance, when you
> >hear a word it makes you think of something else. That is what I am
> >after.
>
> What you ask cannot be answered because we do not understand the steps
> used to process sounds into words into meanings and, especially, to
> associate one idea of something related.
>
> However we do know that what you describe involves many large regions
> of the brain so that certainly many millions of cells would be
> involved.
>
> We can count the small number of cells involved in having a sound
> "register" in the auditory region of the brain.  However there is no
> way even to begin to describe what is involved in producing the
> reaction "I heard that!".



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